National Archives and Records Administration
Producer National Archives and Records AdministrationLanguage English
The Last Bomb
Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - )
[Stock Footage] ARC Identifier 65631 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-18486. Summary: Miscellaneous scenes showing B-29 maintenance scenes, planning room scenes showing plotting board and discussion of target area, Tokyo. Then shows formations of B-29s and P-51s, Japanese terrain, aerial combat with Japanese aircraft, B-29 dropping bomb loads and fighter aircraft strafing targets. (Shot list to follow.) 1) CU natives weaving baskets. 2) LS across airfield showing B-29 parked in hardstands. 3) MCU tug pulling two aircraft engines. 4) EXT CU mechanic working on aircraft. 5) CU mechanics working on aircraft engine. 6) EXT CU No. 2 engine starting. 7) CU No. 3 engine starting. 8) CU No. 4 engine starting. B-29. 9) INT shot showing instructor pointing to map. 10) Five men sitting around table; one officer gets up, goes to map, discussing point on map. Marking on chars: "Plan Room." C.O. rises to leave room, other officers rise when he does. Officer collects papers. (C.O. is Curtis E. LeMay).) 11) MCU three officers standing in back of table, all seated at once, discuss notes and notebooks. 12) CU notebook. 13) MS two maintenance men hauling bombs over to aircraft. 14) MS showing maintenance crew checking aircraft. 15) MGS on large plotting table with mission project marked with pins and ribbons. 16) Military man receives instructions on paper, climbs on table and moves some of the pins and ribbons. Target area is a map of Japan -- target, Tokyo. 17) LS planning board, planning progress and missions chart in bg. Two scenes in planning room showing officers receiving message over phone, relaying it to typist. Typist hands copy to officer who records it in log, then places it in chute. 18) ADS on B-29 in flight. [...] Good (Basic: Orig Koda, 16mm)
Made possible by a donation from John and Paige Curran.
February 19, 2012
Lest we Forget
I reckon we all have some memories of the Hollywood scenes of Aircraft and Warships and archive footage of them in action.
It has been the use of aircraft in war that has accelerated the development of the aeroplane and created so many vehicle, warships and aircraft that we can model. Indeed it has probably been the heroic achievements of our forebears that have motivated many RC Hobbyists.
I am amazed by the massive industrial development in producing the many B29 and P51 used in the attack on the Japanese mainland and also by the dedication of the aircrew and support crews.
The planning and coordination that went into those attacks is mind blowing.
The Last Bomb is a moving remembrance of what the War in the Pacific was about
February 14, 2012
Nominated for a 1946 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Features.
February 9, 2012
The real heros
Look for my name on the tails of some of the planes stationed on Tinian. These were my dad's command and always exciting for me to see film footage of flights knowing he might have been piloting one of the planes. Also, if you get a chance take a flight in the only flying B-29 left, FIFI, part of the Commemorative Air Force out of Midland Texas, coming to an air show near you! An experiance you'll never forget.